Oneida County schedules special testing for COVID in Utica

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Oneida County reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and scheduled three days of targeted testing for residents in much of Utica next week.

Friday’s test results leave the county with 987 known active positive cases. As of Friday afternoon, 47 county residents were hospitalized with COVID, including six in Rome Memorial Hospital, 30 in the Mohawk Valley Health System hospitals in Utica and New Hartford, and 11 outside the county. Twelve of the patients are nursing home residents.

In addition, 1,506 people were in mandatory quarantine because of recent close contacts.

The county and state Health Department announced three days of special testing availability because of the continuing increase in positive cases, County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said. The county went from 99 Oct. 2 to 264 Nov. 1. At the spring peak, active cases numbered 401 June 1.

The testing will be only for people living in the 13501 ZIP code, which is much of the city east of Genesee Street and south of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. It will be the county-owned Union Station facility at 321 Main St. in Utica and conducted on an appointment-only basis Monday through Wednesday.

Hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday, 10 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Testing appointments for Monday and Tuesday can be made by visiting https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=6500060.

For Wednesday:

https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=6500061

“I strongly encourage residents of 13501 who have recently attended gatherings of any kind, and did not adhere to the proper health precautions and protocols, to make an appointment and get tested,” Picente said.

Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign consent to be tested. Individuals with symptoms or exposure to positive cases are to quarantine until results are returned. Positive cases will be notified of how long they must remain in quarantine by the Oneida County health Department.

If an individual is exposed to a positive case and on quarantine, a negative test does not mean that quarantine can be broken, according to the county.

“It is extremely important that everyone follows the emergency regulations banning gatherings and continues to wear face coverings in public and maintain distance of six feet,” said Oneida County Director of Health Phyllis Ellis.

The county Health Department announced the following incidents of possible public exposure to someone with a recent positive test for COVID and recommends anyone there at the time monitor themselves through the infectious period:

Red Samurai Steak House, 8562 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; self-monitor through Nov. 20.

US Black Belt, 4652 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, 6-6:45 p.m. Nov. 9; self-monitor through Nov. 23.

Mohawk Valley Wellness, 9647 River Road, Marcy, 5-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Nov 10, 5-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 5-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 12, and 5-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 13; self-monitor through Nov. 24, Nov. 25, Nov. 26 or Nov. 27.

Tops, 261 Utica Blvd., Boonville, 10:30-11 a.m. Nov. 11; self-monitor through Nov. 25.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 4632 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, 5:45-6 p.m. Nov. 11; self-monitor through Nov. 25.

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